Review: Jones Soda Candy Cane Soda (2011)

Aside from some of the famous “gross” holiday flavors from Jones Soda over the years, such as the flagship Turkey & Gravy, Jones Soda Candy Cane Soda has probably made the most return trips to the Christmas lineup, debuting in 2006 with HFCS, then returning in 2007 with sugar, and again in 2008. As part of the 2011 Jones Soda Holiday Flavors, it joins other “reruns” such as Ginger Bread Soda, Pear Tree Soda, and Sugar Plum Soda

Jones Soda Candy Cane Soda (2011)

This entry comes with packaging reflective of Jones Soda’s current look, with redish-pink being the accent color. The photo on the front (#1139076) from Tobi Marcinek of Bend, OR, features a multitude of Santas attempting to board some sort of light rail public transportation.

The drink is light pink in color and frankly smells like medicine, i.e. cough syrup. In fact, “syrup” seems to be the theme with this drink, because that pretty much summarizes the experience. It’s minty, but pretty much tastes like a very sweet mouthwash that you swallow. I’m still not sure why this drink flavor continues to return, as it’s the least authentic of the batch. Maybe this stuff would taste better as part of a mixer, or even to flavor your hot chocolate. But as a stand-along flavor, I can’t imagine voluntarily wanting to ingest more than a few sips. It’s not gross. It’s just not good.

Jones Soda Candy Cane Soda
Carbonated water, inverted can sugar, phosphoric acid, natural and artificial flavors, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (as preservatives), gum acacia, calcium disodium EDTA (to protect flavor), Red #40

A 12 oz. bottle contains 180 calories, 35 mg sodium, and 44 g carbs (44 g sugars). Caffeine free.

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Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of Jones Soda Co.
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